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WQCD Dewatering General Permit Renewals

Speaker: Al Stafford, Clean Water Compliance Inspector, CO Water Quality Control Division

Time: Thursday, June 24, 2021, noon-1:00pm  (please note the special date and time)

Registration: you will register directly with Geotech Environmental Equipment


Information and schedules can be found here.

Presentation method – live or webinar

CEMS has received one (1) general CLE for this presentation

In 2020, the Water Quality Control Division in Colorado renewed all permits that authorize discharge from dewatering activities. This included discharges from construction dewatering, as well as groundwater remediation, subterranean dewatering, and well development. This presentation will begin by walking through the history of the dewatering program regulated by the division, and then discuss the five new or renewed dewatering permits. The presentation will address the common question of what is and is not construction dewatering, and what permitting and authorization requirements apply to various construction situations. Next, the presentation will walk through major changes from the previous dewatering permits to the renewed permits. Finally, the presentation will address administrative requirements and the renewal processes for previously held, current, and new permits, as well as available resources for permittees and other stakeholders.

Al Stafford is a member of the Clean Water Compliance Unit with Colorado’s Water Quality Control Division. His main duties include conducting clean water compliance inspections for the construction, dewatering, remediation, sand and gravel, and industrial sectors. He has worked for the division for over 10 years, including six years as a permit writer and over four years in the compliance assistance and assurance arenas. Al has prepared and presented training opportunities and presentations on multiple general permit renewals, assisting permittees in preparing for changes in permit requirements. Al graduated with a Master’s degree in Watershed Science from Colorado State University, with a research focus in erosion from forest service roads in the Sierra Nevada. He continues to reside in Fort Collins, now with his wife and three children.

Registration will be handled with Geotech Environmental Equipment for their annual Field Days.  Information and schedules can be found here.  Registration can be found here.


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